Frans Malan, the first producer of Cap Classique in South Africa

September 1st is Cap Classique Day, made special by the fact that this South African Champagne style wine celebrates 50 years since its first production. Frans Malan using a pupitre made by Cronje Skrynwerker in Stellenbosch and the bath for the salt water for freezing the yeast cells in the neck of the bottle, also made in Stellenbosch, and Chenin Blanc did his first experiments in 1971. Kaapse Vonkel became a legend as his first Champagne style wine. There is now a range of Cap Classique style wines produced by his sons, Francois, Vineyardist, and Johan, Production Director.

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2019

From a traditional Champagne Bottle enclosed with natural cork and the wire muzzle. The label is traditional and elegant. In the glass, a pale hay colour with the tiniest of bubbles rushing to the surface. The aromas are of aromatic apples, ripe white fleshed peaches, and orange blossom. The palate from entry fills the mouth with vibrant bubbles, raspberries, peach, apple and the lovely fresh baked brioche flavours. Don’t keep it for a special occasion, make an occasion by opening a bottle.

Johan Malan, Production Director of Simonsig Wines

Delaire Graff Sunrise Brut Cap Classique nv

Interesting blend from Morné Vrey for a Cap Classique, 64% Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc, 30% Elgin Chardonnay, and 6% Stellenbosch Cabernet Franc. In the style of a Cremant de Loire.

From a Champagne bottle, closed with natural cork and a wire muzzle. Elegantly labelled as are all the Delaire Graff labelled. In the glass, the wine is a pale lemon colour with lime green flashes, with fine bubbles rushing to the surface. Intense flavours of tropical limes, melon and vanilla bean in a lively palate. Perfect balance in the long aftertaste.

Morné Vrey, much awarded Delaire Graff Winemaker

De Grendel Méthode Cap Classique Brut 2017

Charles Hopkins has produced a cracker here,so close to the sea which has such an effect on the De Grendel Vineyards

From a Champagne shaped bottle with natural cork and the wire muzzle, applied to hold the cork in place under the intense pressure from inside the bottle. In the glass, the wine is a pale lemon colour with fine fine mousse [as the French call the bubbles]. The palate is brisk and refreshing, flavours of Granny Smith apples, Fuji pears and just ripe white guavas. There are undertows of fresh baked almond croissants. Rich and elegant in the long soft aftertaste.

Charles Hopkins, founding Winemaker at De Grendel

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